Security risk: ‘Jailed blasphemy accused under threat’

Militants planning to launch suicide attack at Aasia Bibi's prison, intelligence reports say.


Asad Kharal January 06, 2011

LAHORE: A group of militants is planning to launch a suicide attack at the prison where Christian blasphemy convict Aasia Bibi is being held, according to an intelligence report issued last week, The Express Tribune has learnt.

Aasia Bibi is being kept in the Sheikhupura district Jail, where the Punjab police and jail authorities have beefed up security following this report and the murder of former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer. The terrorist group, according to the intelligence report, calls itself “Moaviya group”.

According to official figures, 131 people are being held in jails across Punjab on blasphemy charges. Eleven of them have been sentenced to death, including Aasia Bibi.

As many as 35 people, who were accused of committing blasphemy or defending them, have been killed between 1990 and 2011, including Taseer. They were all killed in either extra judicial killings or found dead in prison under dubious circumstances.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 6th, 2011.

COMMENTS (31)

Tahir | 12 years ago | Reply @Mubarak: Don't take his poetry before 1908 because he was only talking about ISHAQ-E-MAJAZI, RIND, FLOWERS, WATANIYAT...etc...like "Saray jahan se acha Hindustan hamara" But when he returned back to Hindustan after studying and making his research about Islam...u will not find anything in poetry about these things...u will only find............... "Ki MUHAMMAD(PBUH) se wafa tu na to hum taray hain Ya jahan cheez ha kiya loho kalam taray hain" Ghazi Ilam din incident happend in 1926..... Also Iqbal was a human...and we all learn with the time...like Imam Abu Hanifa started learning at the age of 25 or 26....before that he was not even properly aware of of Islam...but now more than 70% of Muslim world follow his Fiqah... JAZAKALLAH
Mubarak | 12 years ago | Reply @ Tahir, about Allama Iqbal,s religious knowledge let me quote one of his couplet; Chand Rindon ne kal Namaz pheri mein bana un ka pesh Imam Is Imamat pe dil ne khoob kaha beNamazon ka beNamaz Imam God bless you
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